SELFARA is hard to oppose. She scored with plenty in hand at Nottingham last week and can defy a penalty if in the same mood today. Irish Boy went close at Leicester recently and should be winning before long off his current mark but Love You Louis looks in need of some respite from the handicapper. It was soft ground when The Strig won at Brighton last month and he's equipped with first-time blinkers while Berberana may do better dropping down a grade.
Berberana (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Towards rear, switched sharply left halfway, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Rowe Park (9-8) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Selfara 11-8fav (9-7) Made all, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, easily, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Pettochside (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Love You Louis 3-1fav (9-2) Led on rail, ridden and headed over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Clear Praise (9-8) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
The Strig 8-1 (8-13) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Tom Sawyer (8-6) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Irish Boy (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon edged right, pressed winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Maltease Ah (8-4) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Monessa (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 7th of 11, 4l behind Charming (9-4) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Rooknrasbryripple 20-1 (9-3) Keen raced wide towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 14l behind For Life (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.